Even before the first Boeing 787 VIP for private and government customers is delivered at the end of the year, Lufthansa Technik AG has already finished all its preparations for the completion and technical care of this state-of-the-art aircraft type. The company is the leading global provider of exclusive cabin interiors for widebody aircraft. Currently it is holding talks with several customers of the twelve Boeing 787 VIPs sold to date. Lufthansa Technik is offering the necessary capacity for VIP completions of this aircraft type as of 2014/2015 at its main facility in Hamburg.
"Through our intensive, long-standing cooperation with Boeing, our participation in all the expert symposia related to the 787 VIP, and our experience from the 787 support contracts we already have with five airlines around the world, we are now able to offer all the engineering, completion and technical services for the 787 VIP at the highest possible level," emphasizes Walter Heerdt, Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales.
Moreover, as the first independent provider to do so, Lufthansa Technik now offers a production inspection of the Boeing 787 to airlines and private customers. The first of 50 Boeing 787s to be supported by an inspection contract was delivered in October.
With the development of a new process for secure cabin installations in new CFRP aircraft types, the company has also laid the foundation for customized cabin solutions for its VIP customers. This know-how is already being applied in two current completion projects involving Boeing 747-8 aircraft.
Lufthansa Technik has been part of the Boeing 787 since the concept and design phases of this aircraft program. The company's engineers have also contributed decisively to the development of the aircraft's maintenance concept, and have more than 20 years of experience with the use of composite materials in aviation.
Lufthansa Technik's direct contacts to Dreamliner customers date back to 2007, and it has meanwhile developed comprehensive component support, the necessary component pool, and an in-house portfolio of all technical MRO services for operators of the 787.
The 787 and the 747-8 VIP are new chapters in Lufthansa Technik's long history of providing cabin interiors for the newest, most modern VIP aircraft types: the first Airbus A340 in 1994; the first BBJ in 1999; the first Boeing 777 in 2000; the first Airbus A330-200 in 2008; and the first Boeing 767-400 this year. In Hamburg the company is currently working on the VIP completion of two Boeing 747-8s, of which the first will be delivered in mid-2014.
The Boeing 787 VIP will likewise benefit from what has made Lufthansa Technik the market leader in VIP cabin completions of large commercial aircraft: decades of experience with the latest VIP cabin technologies, comprehensive engineering services, a broad spectrum of in-house manufacturing options, and technical support available around the world for the entire service life of the aircraft.
The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and associates and over 26,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading manufacturer-independent providers of technical services for the aviation industry. Its portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services for commercial aircraft: maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.
Arrival of second VIP-Boeing 747-8 expected soon
These preliminary contracts for the completion of a second Boeing 747-8 and Lufthansa Technik's first Boeing 787 further raise the number of contracted wide-body completions due by 2018.
From 2010 onwards, the Hamburg site will have the capacity to outfit three widebody aircraft with VIP cabins simultaneously.